Bruges Christmas market 2023
November 25, 2023
Markt, 8000 Brugge, Belgien
In addition to a wonderful atmosphere and plenty of seasonal jollity, you will also be able to find that unusual last-minute present for someone special.
The Bruges Christmas and winter market will be located on the Markt and Simon Stevinplein, in the cozy city center. There will be a good range of stalls offering all kinds of delicious local food and drinks. Home-made hot chocolate, ice-cold jenever, spiced glühwein… along with Belgian beers, cheeses, and hearty dishes. There’s something for everyone. The Bruges winter market is also a great place to shop for an original Christmas gift. You’ll find a wide range of attractive, original, and handmade Christmas presents. And choral concerts are planned for you to enjoy.
Christmas time in Belgium is special. Not only because of the fairytale Christmas markets all over the country but because there are two Santa Claus! Just imagine how lucky the kids in Belgium are.
In this country, where there are 3 official languages, it’s no wonder that Christmas is celebrated in two different ways. St. Nicholas’ Day is a more popular holiday in the Flemish part of Belgium. In comparison, Christmas is widely celebrated in the French regions.
The first Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, brings presents to the children on the 6th of December – St. Nicholas’ Day. The second Santa, Père Noël, makes his appearance on 25th December.
So, December is a busy month with a lot of holidays and presents! Having in mind that, it’s high time to add Belgium to your list for a winter break.
The biggest Christmas market in Belgium is in Brussels. Its winter festival includes a parade and a sound and light show! Find everything you need to know about the winter festival in my complete guide to Brussels Christmas market.
Yet, Brussels is not the only must-see place in Belgium in December. The medieval city of Bruges (Brugge) has the perfect fairytale setting for a Christmas village.
With gorgeous gothic architecture, cobbled streets, and canals crisscrossing the city, Bruges has it all! Add to this, buildings covered in sparkling lights, gingerbread-style houses, and the aroma of fresh waffles and spices. This is what Bruges looks like in December – an idyllic destination for an unforgettable winter city break.
Bruges is arguably the best Christmas market in Belgium, if not Europe. The whole city turns into a fairytale destination, filled with Christmas trees and fairy lights and scents of buttery waffles and hot chocolate.
Bruges Christmas market celebrations are known as ‘Winter Glow’, which focuses on things to do in Bruges in winter and not just on the market alone. It includes the Bruges Christmas market, ice skating, the light experience trail, and light decorations throughout the city. It’s an inclusive celebration, open to all religions, and brings the whole city together.
As Bruges is a small city, you won’t find the big fairground attractions that you would at the Brussels Christmas market. But you will, however, find in Bruges the most Christmassy, cozy, and intimate atmosphere of all the Belgium Christmas markets.